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Controlling spending while improving health care access, efficiency, and outcomes is a significant challenge—one that often dominates policy discussions. To help inform decisionmaking, RAND conducts studies that consider all aspects of health care costs, including medical costs, insurance coverage, reimbursement models, and consumer health care expenses.

  • A tent used by a homeless person in downtown Los Angeles, March 12, 2017

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    Supportive Housing Reduces Homelessness—and Lowers Health Care Costs by Millions

    Jun 27, 2018

    Los Angeles County has moved some of its most chronically homeless and vulnerable residents into permanent housing. Providing them with social services and health care has dramatically reduced their use of emergency rooms and other services, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

  • A patient sitting on an MRI machine talking to a medical professional, photo by laflor/Getty Images

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    Medicare for 50-to-64-Year-Olds

    Nov 17, 2019

    Allowing Americans aged 50 to 64 to buy into Medicare would lower health care premiums for the group. But it would also drive up costs for younger people who buy health insurance on Affordable Care Act exchanges.

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